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Is there a possibility that I have HIV?

By Anonymous April 29, 2016 - 10:47pm
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On April 10th I briefly had condom-less intercourse with a friend before he put on a condom. About 3 days later, I developed a fever of 102.5, swollen cervical lymph nodes, swollen tonsils with white patches, and shaking chills. I went to urgent care the next day, and was tested for Strep (both the instant and 48-hour culture) and Mono, both of which came back negative. Regardless of the negative test, the nurse physician prescribed 10 days of amoxicillin, which I took dutifully took. Around day 4 of the antibiotics, I developed a rash on my stomach, back, and butt. Around day 8 or 9, I noticed that my groin lymph nodes were swollen, and freaked out a little bit. I've finished the antibiotics, but my cervical lymph node is still swollen (although I can finally swallow again), and there are still white patches on my tonsils, the rash on my bottom is peeling now and I recently found a white "pimple" close to my labia... I've read that tonsillitis, fever, and rash are indicative of acute HIV ...but I developed the symptoms 3 days after possible exposure...isn't that too soon? And as for the rash, could it be a reaction to amoxicillin? Is the pimple actually herpes? The antibiotics did help the swelling go down, so could it be a combination of a bacterial infection and STD.HIV?

I am so confused, and hate not knowing what is happening to my body.

Thank you so much.


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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
In order to know whether or not your symptoms are related to genital health, you need to see a gynecologist and get a pap smear. If you have participated in unprotected intercourse before that time, you could have a sexually transmitted disease. Swollen lymphs in the groin can indicate infection. However most STD's do not cause any symptoms, so do not be surprised if your test results or negative for STD's.
Its surprising that the test for Strep throat was negative, since you have all the symptoms for it. However, other causes for white patches on tonsils and/or back of throat include:
--Oral Thrush
--Oral Herpes

I highly suggest that you see a gynecologist. And if you other symptoms persist, see your regular doctor as well. They may not catch what it is the first few times, so keep at it until you get the treatment you need.
Below I have pasted a link to a HER article that talks more about symptoms of STD's.
I hope that helps.

April 30, 2016 - 10:56am
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